Plastic Bags, 2014—15
Hahn explores the surface of the urban environment like an archaeologist and finds eloquent evidence of contemporary culture. The plastic bags are crumpled by wind and weather and external forces. The way the images are arranged refers to historical depictions of novel specimens of flora and fauna as drawings on a white background.
The plastic bags expose one of the ambivalences inherent in our society: the fast pace of the circulating information in it is counteracted by the potentially extremely long-term and resistant lifespan of their products. On the one hand, the resulting photos refer to the extremely fast technical development and the possibilities of economic processes. On the other hand, they also draw attention to their consequences, such as the danger of environmental pollution in the world's oceans or in the bird kingdom, where plastic waste can lead to frightening results.